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Various Artists: Performance (Warner Bros.)

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 9 August 1970

PERFORMANCE IS the movie starring Mick Jagger. Don't get it mixed up with Ned Kelly, the other Jagger starrer. Performance unlike Ned Kelly is supposed ...

Thoughts... and Music: The Last Poets

Comment by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 9 October 1970

AS EDITOR of Blues & Soul, I have always done my personal utmost to concentrate on the musical content of our music and the artists ...

Roberta Flack, the Last Poets and Leon Thomas: New Breed Comin' Up

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, July 1971

There's a new, young breed of black singers coming up — a breed that is aware of the roots but doesn't get into the funky-jive-fingerpop-boogaloo ...

The Last Poets: This Is Madness (Douglas SDGL 69102, £2.49)

Review by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, 15 January 1972

THIS ALBUM has had tremendous success in America over the last year and practically become the testament of the Black American. It's not hard to ...

The Last Poets

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 18 February 1972

THE LAST Poets have enjoyed success in the States via two albums, The Last Poets and This Is Madness, both on the Douglas label. However, ...

Wanda Robinson: Black Ivory; Nikki Giovanni: Truth Is On Its Way; The Last Poets: This Is Madness

Review by Sheila Weller, Fusion, May 1972

THE BLACK cultural tradition has always depended for its survival on oral, rather than written, communication: from the chants of tribal Africa to the folk-tales ...

The Last Poets/Merger: Acklam Hall, Notting Hill, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 14 January 1978

CHANCES OF seeing The Last Poets I would have thought were only marginally better than those of seeing The Beatles. ...

Wake Up Limeys, The Last Poets Are Among You

Profile and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 14 January 1978

"Wheat's characteristics and nature make it wheat. It differs from barley because of its nature. Wheat perpetuates its own characteristics just as the white race ...

The Last Poets: The Last Poets (Celluloid)

Review by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 11 August 1984


Jalal Nuridden:The Verse Is Yet To Come

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 29 September 1984

LAST POET Jalal Nuridden recites to Chris Roberts ...

The Last Poets: Young Master

Interview by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, 13 October 1984

Kidnapped heiress Patti Hearst is said to have listened to him incessantly during her captivity and the hip-hop crowd regard him as a guru. His ...

Last Poets: The First And Lost Poets Of Rap

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 14 October 1984

Group: The Last Poets. Record: The Last Poets (Celluloid 6101). Personnel: Abiodun Oyewole, Alafia Pudim, Omar Ben Hassen, vocals. Nilaja, percussion. ...

The Last Poets: Bardcore!

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 13 April 1985

THE LAST POETS were the first rappers — the voice of ghetto anger and fiery jazzoetry. Their "exile" over, they're back with a new LP ...

The Last Poets: ICA, London

Live Review by Andrew Smith, Melody Maker, 8 April 1989

WORDS FLY LIKE bullets from a scatter gun. They call Jalal Nurridin the "Godfather of Rap", but he's much more than that. ...

The Last Poets: Hip-Hop's Secret Historians

Profile and Interview by Gene Santoro, Pulse!, July 1991

Rap's godfathers the Last Poets drop some truth on the gangsta ethos. ...

The Last Poets: Bill Laswell on how to Produce A Holy Terror

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, September 1995

USUALLY, THE relationship between words and music on a recording puts the music first and the words second. But when Bill Laswell began work on ...

The Last Poets

Report by Chris Campion, The Village Voice, April 1996

A LONG-RUNNING saga of legitimacy has embroiled the Last Poets in a situation that is rapidly echoing the sentiments of one of their own poems, ...

Alan Douglas: Thee Man Who Sold The Underworld

Retrospective and Interview by Edwin Pouncey, The Wire, July 1997

Now into his fifth decade at the doors of perception, label boss ALAN DOUGLAS hasworked with many of the century's underground greats, from Lenny Bruce, ...

The Last Poets: Progenitors of Rap

Retrospective and Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, September 2000

Perhaps it was the Vietnam War dragging on, nightly television footage of bombed villages, body bags and helicopters dropping flaming glue on Vietnamese farmers or ...

After The Party: Music and the Black Panthers

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian, 2 September 2010

ONE DAY LAST DECEMBER, Umar Bin Hassan of the Last Poets attended a gathering in Chicago to commemorate local Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton, ...

The Last Poets: Waiting For The Revolution

Retrospective and Interview by Graeme Thomson, Uncut, December 2011

From the volatile streets of Harlem in the late '60s, THE LAST POETS were among the earliest voices of radical black youth in America. With ...

Alan Douglas, 1931-2014

Obituary by Richard Williams, The Guardian, 18 June 2014

Record producer best known for his controversial posthumous releases of Jimi Hendrix recordings ...

see also Lightnin' Rod

see also Umar Bin Hassan

see also Jalal Mansur Nuriddin


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